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WWII Hero Dies

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posted on Jun, 28 2008 @ 02:41 PM

Ever hear of Irena Sendlerowa?

I hadn't, but her story is really the stuff of legends.

Irena Sendler passed away on Monday May 12th, 2008 at 8:00 am CEST in Warsaw, Poland. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 15th at noon CEST in Warsaw. Memorial services are planned in numerous places, including Fort Scott, KS.

The life of Irena Sendler was one of great testimony, one of courage and love, one of respect for all people, regardless of race, religion and creed. She passed away peacefully, knowing that her message goes on. Our hearts and prayers go out to her worldwide family. She is gone, but will never be forgotten. Born in Warsaw, Poland, she live most of her young life in Otwock. Irena Sendlerowa led the rescue of 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust in World War II. She was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Her legacy of repairing the world continues, as good continues to triumph over evil. Irena Sendlerowa was 98 years old.

Want to know more about Irena?

Irena (code name Jolanta) was arrested on October 20, 1943. When arrested she felt almost liberated. She was placed in the notorious Piawiak prison, where she was constantly questioned and tortured. During the questioning she had her legs and feet fractured.

The German who interrogated her was young, very stylish and spoke perfect Polish. He wanted the names of the Zegota leaders, their addresses and the names of others involved. Irena fed him the version that she and her collaborators had prepared in the event they were captured.

The German held up a folder with information of places, times and persons who had informed on her. She received a death sentence. She was to be shot. Unbeknown to her, Zegota had bribed the German executioner who helped her escape. On the following day the Germans loudly proclaimed her execution. Posters were put up all over the city with the news that she was shot. Irena read the posters herself.

Irena's life was one worthy of note. She did her work selflessly and without the promise of reward, except as is gained from a life of service.

It's a shame that she was not more widely recognized in her own lifetime.

Want to know who won the Nobel Prize?

[edit on 2008/6/28 by GradyPhilpott]

posted on Jun, 28 2008 @ 02:51 PM

Beyond belief.


Thankyou for posting.

posted on Jun, 28 2008 @ 02:55 PM
Good post. Thanks for the info.

I wholeheartedly agree with you.

posted on Jun, 28 2008 @ 04:27 PM
One more of the thousands of real heroes of this world that, because they are common people or less appealing to the powers at the top at the moment, are almost forgotten.

Sad that a presentation from a politician won over someone as Irena Sendler.

Who knows how many times has something like this happened?

This reminds me of a different but related case, the case of the Portuguese consul in Bordeaux, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who issued around 30,000 free visas to people escaping from Nazi Germany, including some 10,000 Jews, going against the orders of the Portuguese government. Because of that he lost his job and his career, he was not allowed to return to his previous work as a lawyer and the state never paid him all the money he should have received for his work as consul, including his pension, and his sons had to leave the country because nobody gave them a job.

posted on Jun, 28 2008 @ 04:42 PM
Ultimately, doing the right thing is its own reward.

Awards and acknowledgment by others is important as it reinforces selfless behavior.

But, for those who have sacrificed for the greater good in the right spirit, nothing can change the sense of accomplishment that one feels, not even punishment, ridicule, or apathy.

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